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Domain name renewals - what you need to know
Many people are confused about domain names, and how to renew them so that they don't lose the internet address that they have worked so hard to promote.

The company which you originally registered your domain with will automatically send you reminder notices to renew your domain. Most companies send these reminders, 90, 60 and 30 days before your domain expires along with instructions on how to renew.

You want to ensure that you are renewing your domain with the same company that you registered your domain with originally, unless you transferred the domain to another company. You may get renewal reminders from companies other than the one you used initially, if you renew with them, you are essentially transferring your domain to them. Doing a transfer so close to the renewal date can cause problems or interruptions with the domain and is not recommended.

"Buyer Beware"

When you registered your domain name, it was for anywhere from 1-10 years. What most people donít realize is that the information you provided to your domain name registrar is freely available on the Internet, including your contact information and when your domain expires. Check out your domain on Who-is Search.com you'll see that it's all there. There are companies that monitor this information and will try to get you to renew your domain through them.

I have had my Canadian clients tell me that they will get an email from an official looking company telling them to renew their domain with them. Because of this companyís name, people are under the impression that they must renew their domain with them. This is NOT the case, and in most instances this company is charging inflated prices.

The only registration authority in Canada is CIRA (Canadian Internet Registration Authority). This organization is responsible for managing .ca domains only. They do not actually register domains, but they do manage the whois information that registrars send them for .ca domains. When you register or transfer a .ca domain, CIRA will ask you to confirm this request before the registration or transfer actually occurs.

If you are a Canadian and you own a .com, .net, .biz, .info, or .name domain, there is no governing body or authority that you must use to register, renew or transfer a domain!

If you are ever unsure, ask the company which registered you before sending any money!

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"Domain renewals - what you need to know" was submitted by:
Sari Heiber-McLenaghan of InfoClear Internet Consulting
  © 2004 S.Heiber-McLenaghan
"...because a website is a terrible thing to waste"   www.infoclear.ca

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